Notes on the photos

Some of my most recent photos are organized by project. The rest of the galleries are a bit more random because I tend to think of my photos less as pictures of something than, simply, as pictures. The pictures I love are visually strong and contain a hint of mystery, whether they are taken in war or sitting in a cafe.

Recent and Ongoing Projects

Womens March

Images from the 2017 Boston Women's March. At the Womens March, what I first saw was the energy--both joyful and angry--of the participants, but on looking through the photos I also began to see, in nearly every image, faces of sadness, shock, and pain.

March for Our Lives

The Boston 2018 March for Our Lives. I was enormously impressed by the energy and determination of the young, mostly high school aged, people who organized and led this.

Performers

I've been photographing lots of performers and performances for the last few years. Samples here include Mitsuko Uchida backstage at the Marlboro Music Festival, chefs performing their delicate magic at Boston's Asta restaurant, and actors at the CST performing in a very musical version of Dickens Christmas Carol.

Galleries

One

A fairly random sampling of images from Latin America, mainly Chile and Central America, taken mostly while I was a full-time photo journalist during the 80's and early 90's.

The photo of the woman kissing the coffin is from the funeral of one of my colleagues, Rodrigo Rojas de Negri, burned to death by soldiers when he was caught photographing protests in a Santiago slum.

The screaming woman is a supporter of the Chilean dictator Pinochet: she and her colleagues are threatening me and trying to hit me with their signs. Later my colleagues and I were surrounded by a group of chain-wielding pro-government thugs.

The photo with the red umbrella in front of a bullet riddled wall is from Esteli, Nicaragua. This won me Boston Globe and Kodak KINSA first prizes in 1984.

The boy with the photo is at the wake of a young girl killed by soldiers in a poor shanty town on the edges of Santiago during several days of protest around the city. She was returning home with bread. The small container on the coffin is from "Privilege", a store in Santiago selling fashionable clothes and accessories.

Two

More pictures from Chile in the mid-80's. The photo with the mysterious hand pointing from the left side was taken at night during a protest in Santiago. As usual, I was right in the middle of things, shooting with a short lens, when somebody smacked into my flash, knocking it off center and leaving a deep shadow on the left.

The woman with the photo is one of the mothers who would regularly gather near the Moneda Palace in Santiago demanding an accounting for their missing sons, daughters, and husbands who had been disappeared by the forces of the military government.

The man taking a snapshot is Admiral Merino, one of the members of the Chilean Junta, reviewing the troops with general Pinochet at the military academy in Santiago. Shortly after I got this picture I was thrown out by the general's security. In the streets of the wealthy district outside, I was surrounded by threatening group of the government's young, upper class supporters.

The picture with the flag is from the same pro-government demonstration as the photo in gallery two.

The other photos are of protests against the military government. The man running had been identified by protesters as a government spy in their midst. The horrified statue was in the lobby of the law school.

Three

Kids, also mainly from Chile and Central America. Several of the pictures are of kids in refugee camps in El Salvador, displaced by the civil war in the 80's. One of them shows a makeshift school in a rural camp. The girls in the bride's dressess are getting ready for first communion in a remote rural village in northern Nicaragua. The dancers had come from Santiago by bus and boat to perform at a benefit in the town of Chaiten in Chilean Patagonia, badly damaged by a volcanic eruption three years earlier and still mostly without electricity and running water.

Four

More random images from Latin America. The first photo is of the same wake as the picture in gallery one. As we were leaving soldiers starting firing again, apparently at random, into the area, and we had to jump into a drainage ditch while the bullets buzzed overhead.

The women in traditional Guatemalan highland dress are from a group of families of the disappeared. They are participating, at great risk to themselves, in a quiet protest in front of National Palace in Guatemala City during the height of the genocide in 1984. While we were there, a government agent in one of the palace windows was photographing the participants while a van with darkened windows made a menacing circle of the plaza.

Five

Walls are one of my small obsessions: they contain a surprising amount of human mystery. The picture with the slightly burnt looking tiles is from a hilltop shrine in Santiago, Chile where people go to thank the virgin for hearing their prayers. Just before we got there a huge pool of wax from years' worth of prayer candles had caught fire.

Flowers in several photos: the picture with carnations is from the same demonstration shown in gallerhy four: as they dispersed the families threw down their flowers on the steps of the national palace. The pencils on cobblestones were left by a crowd who had gathered in front of the French embassy in Rome after the Charlie Hebdo attack in 2015. The picture with Christ among the flowers is from a roadside shrine in a remote part of Chilean Patagonia.

Six

The black and white images are from a project I'm just starting: I think of the subject as human beings in inhuman spaces. The rest are a few samples of the kinds of photos I take these days when I'm not working on anything specific.